December 8, 20201
2021 Hayes Prize Recipients
The Hayes Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Hayes Prize:
Kenra Ford is the Vice President for Clinical Services Operations, Laboratory Services and Outbreak Response Testing at NYC Health + Hospitals, and Sarah Joseph Kurien currently serves as the Lead for Testing & Vaccination at the NYC Test & Trace Corps, as well as the Deputy Ambulatory Care Chief Operating Officer at the Office of Ambulatory Care & Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals. As part of the city's COVID response team, Kenra and Sarah led efforts to bring testing resources, including mobile and rapid testing, to neighborhoods that were heavily impacted by the pandemic, allowing New Yorkers to understand their status and act quickly to keep their communities safe. Ms. Ford received her Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University, after having completed a degree in Medical Technology. Ms. Joseph Kurien received her Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University and her B.A. from Colby College.
Sampanna Pokhrel is a Programer from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, a new agency for the Prize. Sampanna developed and implemented creative systems work in integrating NYPD case data with District Attorney case data to respond to new legislation speeding defendant’s rights to case files. The platform he developed is now utilized by all City District Attorneys’ offices, and in storing, accessing, and improving remote video viewing of the voluminous body camera video files. Mr. Pokhrel graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics.
Runners up are:
Detective Jason Anazagasty at the NYPD for founding and sustaining the Options youth mentoring and outreach program which has served over 10,000 young people using novel virtual reality scenarios for de-escalating confrontation situations and establishing skill building pre-vocational tracks.
Kristen Capaldi at the Department of Transportation for introducing design-build contracting as an efficient means of providing pedestrian ramps in the more difficult of the City’s 185,000 street corners.
Jennifer Most at the Department of Transportation for rapidly constructing a large-scale data base to speed installation and track results to help meet the City’s commitment to add 10,000 bike racks by the end of 2022.
August 14, 2021
2021 Hayes Prize Nominations Being Accepted!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize. The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2021. For more information, click here.
May 12, 2021
Eldridge & Co. Episode
See the link below for an episode highlighting the Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize Foundation and its honorees:
December 28, 2020
Hayes Prize Covid-19 Response Awards
The Hayes Prize Foundation has recognized a number of dedicated public servants for their contributions during this unprecedented time. To learn more, read more about it in this Gothamist article:
Oct 27, 2020
2020 Hayes Prize Recipients
The Hayes Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2020 Hayes Prize:
Hannah Byrnes-Enoch at the Health+Hospitals Corporation for her active leadership of the large-scale e-Consult project that has had astonishing success in reducing access times for patients for visits to the right specialists and that has also made important gains in clinical decision-making.
The team of Andrew Leszko and Andrew Weeks, who have developed a big data platform at the Department of Transportation that puts together literally billions of data pieces from bus, taxi, Uber and other GPS systems and other traffic monitoring to provide real-time analytic pictures of traffic flow in the City.
Runners up are:
Vivian Cortés at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for leading the “Ask Before You Act” public awareness campaign on sexual consent for New York City teenagers. She incorporated an interesting and extensive use of community youth teams to select issues and create messaging.
Delma Palma, an architect with the NYC Housing Authority who has led a design effort to make novel and captivating use of public spaces in NYCHA projects that serve to link these to their neighborhoods. Delma’s effort was also marked by extensive community participation.
The team of Minhaj Malmud and Brian Lindsay, both Apprentice Inspectors, Highways and Sewers at the Department of Transportation for their scrappy and effective development of an IT system now in use at the Department to identify and prioritize work to fix sidewalks.
Congratulations to this impressive group of public servants! Click here for more information on these and prior award recipients.
Feb 17, 2020
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize! For more information, click here.
Jun 29, 2019
2019 Hayes Prize Winners
Congratulations to the exceptional public servants recognized this year by the Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize Foundation. To learn more about our winners, please visit our prize winners page.
May 23, 2019
2019 Hayes Prize Luncheon
This year's ceremony to recognize award recipients will be held on June 24th at 1 Police Plaza at noon. To register, please go to the following link:
Hope to see you there!
Mar 18, 2019
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize! For more information, click here.
Dec 12, 2018
Support the Hayes Prize!
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Apr 12, 2018
2018 Hayes Prize Winners
Congratulations to the exceptional public servants recognized this year by the Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize Committee. To learn more about our winners, please visit our prize winners page.
Feb 01, 2018
2018 Hayes Prize Luncheon
This year's ceremony to recognize award recipients will be held on April 13th at 1 Police Plaza at noon. For more information please go to the following link:
We hope to see you there!
Oct 23, 2017
Nominations now being accepted!
The Hayes Prize Committee and the New York City Department of Administrative Services have launched the application process for the 2018 prize.
For more information, please see the application here.
Jun 14, 2017
2017 Hayes Prize Winners Announced
The Hayes Prize committee is pleased to announce the two recipients of this year’s award: Dr. Evan Levine, Assistant Commissioner of Data Analytics at the New York City Police Department, and Susana Vilardell, Director of Educational Services, Department of Homeless Services Office of Public, Private Partnerships.
Dr. Levine is responsible for integrating analytics and data science into the Department’s operations and has built tools for predictive policing, pattern identification, and crime data visualization. His efforts have significantly enhanced decision-making at all levels of the Department. He has been with the NYPD since 2012, prior to which he was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Levine has a Ph.D. In Astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. Vilardell played an instrumental role in the first ever data matching process between DHS and DOE that has expanded access to transportation services for students residing in temporary housing, which has improved their school attendance as a result. She also spearheaded an initiative that has brought literacy services directly to families with children residing in shelters. She has worked in education and housing in the city since 2005, and has Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College.
The Committee also recognizes this year’s finalists: Margot Walker, Managing Director, Green Infrastructure Planning and Partnerships at the Department of Environmental Protection and Dawn Miller, Chief of Staff, at the Taxi and Limousine Commission.